When Anat Cohen returned to the KPLU studios this spring, the bright young star of the clarinet was joined by a piano great who’s been looking back on a fantastic career. Live in our studios, the two friends were intently focused on the moment at hand.
The pair talked about their shared love of New York City, where they both live and play, and about the intimacy of the duet setting. Fred also shared his thoughts on the new documentary "The Ballad Of Fred Hersch," and his own upcoming memoir, "Good Things Happen Slowly."
We learned that though his 40 years playing jazz hold some amazing stories – his two-month coma and recovery, his advocacy of LGBT rights, and his hundreds of compositions, performances and recordings – this pianist, with the help of his friends, is far from the finish line.